MARILYN'S PERSONAL JOURNEY
A website is a personal creation and I have been asked many times to share my personal story.
I was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, a country now forever changed. I owe my career to my mother and my late father, Leslie, who was a spiritual healer and who introduced me to an understanding of healing beyond medical science and who showed me the spiritual path. He left this earth very young, but his presence is beside me always. My late brother, Alan, was killed in a motor vehicle accident at the age of 10 years in 1966 and his life and death influence me every day.
I was privileged to study Medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and I was very fortunate to be selected to serve my internship at the renowned Groote Schuur hospital (the hospital where Professor Chris Barnard performed the world's first ever Heart Transplant). I spent the next 6 years working in various hospital departments, namely: paediatric surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, intensive care and renal unit, infectious diseases hospital, geriatric outpatients department, as well as having to do the dreaded casualty night duty shifts. When my father took ill, medical science could not provide a diagnosis nor an effective treatment and his lingering illness caused us immense heartache and frustration with the lack of hope and lack of options for treatment.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a short crash course in multidisciplinary complementary medicine in June of 1983 with Dr Julian Kenyon from Harley Street in London and the course of my career changed completely. I realised that I had to widen my thinking and education in healing and I set about learning and qualifying in as many complementary disciplines as I could. I earned diplomas in Homoeopathy, Clinical Nutrition, Aromatherapy and Phytotherapy (Western Herbs) and certificates in Traditional Chinese medicine, Menopausal medicine and Laser therapy. I have completed certification in Plant-based Nutrition ( Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) and I have completed studies in Acupuncture, topping NSW in the Medical Fellowship examination.
I have learned that it is essential to view illness from the perspective of a functional as well as a pathological imbalance and there are many levels of assessment and treatment. Healing is a process best facilitated by an integrated therapeutic approach.
I have personally experienced debilitating autoimmune disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have overcome these through my total dedication to living a natural, raw, vegan lifestyle and by treating myself with Nutritional Medicine, Homoeopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture plus Meditation practice and Qigong. This is a system developed over millennia in China to increase vitality and longevity and to achieve optimal health and inner peace. I also practice Yoga. I do have to rely on one orthodox medication, so I can honestly say that I have healed myself through Integrative and Complementary Medicine. I value my energy and health and it is my absolute joy to teach others how to achieve this. I try to think of bringing compassion and kindness into every human interaction wherever possible.
SYMBOLISM OF OUR LOGO
According to the Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols, the LOTUS FLOWER is the FLOWER of LIGHT or in Taoist interpretation, the GOLDEN FLOWER, the result of the interaction of the creative forces of the fire of the sun and the lunar power of the waters. It represents creation, renewal and immortality, spiritual unfolding and flowering, feminine genius, peace, health and longevity. The Chinese view it as representing the past, present and future as the plant bears buds, flowers and seeds at the same time. This flower essence's purpose is to accelerate spiritual evolvement and enhance healing on every level.
In our healing clinic, it represents the unity of all forms of healing from the past, present and future, healing with light, plant products and spiritual energy and promoting peace, health and longevity. The RAINBOW represents the bridge between Traditional and Western medicine as it symbolises the union between heaven and earth.